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Harvest Public Media
2:59 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Food Industry Courts Meat-Eating Vegetarians

"Vegetarian chicken" made by Savage River Farms, front, certainly looks like regular cooked chicken, back.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

Some vegetarian food is getting a makeover. It's being made to look, feel and taste more like meat.

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Walt Bodine Show
9:41 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Food Critics: Takeout

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On some nights, there’s no greater luxury than ordering a meal to go. In this edition of the Walt Bodine Show, the Food Critics share their favorite take out spots – from Mediterranean kebabs, to Chinese noodles.

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Central Standard
2:27 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

The Psychology Of Eating

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On this Central Standard, we explore what happens to our brains on food. Have you ever wondered what goes on when you lie in bed, thinking about that late night snack?

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Harvest Public Media
11:41 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Assessing The Additives

Jill Lucht, of Columbia, Mo., reads the ingredient lists on the food in her refrigerator.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

Pick up your favorite packaged food and read the ingredient list. If you stumbled over any of the words or a color jumped out at you, you might be looking at what’s known as a food additive.

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Headlines
9:47 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, February 13, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Up To Date
11:00 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

The Ingredients In The Food We Eat

Christi Nielsen

NOTE: Audio is unavailable from today's show. We apologize for the technical difficulties.

Consumers are getting smarter about the food they eat.  We know to check labels for the levels of sodium and saturated fat, and that "high fructose corn syrup" is still sugar.   Most of us hit a wall though when it comes to ingredients such as malodextrin, flavonoids and silicon dioxide.  What are these ingredients found in the  foods we eat and drink

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Central Standard
4:12 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Healthy Food As Love

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If you have a special someone in your life and you want to show them how you feel... is a box of chocolates really the best you can do? What about the fat? The calories? The guilt? On the second half of today’s Central Standard, food writer Beth Bader will join us with a new way to tell your special someone you care- by making them something healthy to enjoy.

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KC Currents
5:16 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Kansas Cuts Food Benefits For Some Immigrants' Families

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services recently cut off hundreds – possibly thousands – of immigrant families from receiving food stamps.

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Walt Bodine Show
11:47 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Food Critics: Your Nontraditional Valentine

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Forget the lobster and candlelight... how about spicy ceviche and mango smoothies? On this Walt Bodine Show, the Food Critics share ideas for taking your Valentine out for a nontraditional evening.

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Harvest Public Media
10:27 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Cows Munch On Recycled Captain Crunch

Breakfast for you or your cattle? Food waste, like discarded oatmeal, from many factories gets recycled into livestock feed.
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Throwing food scraps to hogs and other farm animals is an age-old practice. As food production has become more industrialized, food factories have found ways to continue to recycle massive amounts of would-be food waste.

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Social Services
3:16 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

SRS Official Defends Food Stamp Eligibility Change

A Kansas social services official today defended a policy that has effectively made hundreds of children ineligible for food stamps. The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services recently changed how household income is calculated for the program.

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Harvest Public Media
8:50 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Selling Healthy Eating In The Aisles

Cassie McLellan, a registered dietician, advises customers at the HyVee store in Columbia, Mo., on their grocery purchases.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

Walk into your neighborhood grocery store looking for healthy food and you might get lost amid a sea of confusing labels and dubious claims. Consumers looking to eat right may get the wrong ideas.

HyVee, like many grocery chains, is trying to part that sea and simplify nutrition for consumers who may not want to read the fine print on their food.

At HyVee stores, you’ll find NuVal. It’s a scoring system on a scale of 1 to 100. The healthier the food, the higher the score.

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Walt Bodine Show
4:00 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Food Critics: Vegetables That Aren't Boring

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Eating healthy doesn't have to be a chore.

On Friday's Walt Bodine Show, join co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics for a conversation about finding tasty, yet nutritious food options in Kansas City.

Central Standard
12:50 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Vegetarianism In KC / Pity The Billionaire

How difficult is it to be a vegetarian in Kansas City? Then later... Even Mr. T pities a fool, but why pity a billionaire?

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Up to Date
1:36 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Nutrition Facts: What Do Those Labels Mean?

If you've been to a Hy-Vee grocery store recently, chances are you've seen some numbers right next to the price of an item of food.

It's a "NuVal" - a nutritional value placed on each and every food product. 

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Harvest Public Media
2:48 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

FDA Puts New Limit On Antibiotics In Livestock

Cows on Sally Angell's farm in Missouri eat feed without antibiotics.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

The Food and Drug Administration is clamping down on the off-label use of certain antibiotics in food-producing animals. 

In an order published today, the FDA said meat producers can no longer use the class known as cephalosporins in ways not approved by the agency. While curbing use won’t change much in the meat industry, the order signals a bigger concern about antibiotics regulation, some farmers say.

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Walt Bodine Show
9:20 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Food Critics: New Years Eve Dining

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New Years Eve isn't just about the bubbly these days. This Friday morning, join co-host Charles Ferruzza, and the Food Critics for a conversation about great places to go out and celebrate the arrival of 2012 over a great meal.

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Up to Date
5:09 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Culinary Expeditions: Lidia's Italy

Chef, restauranteur, and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich

A refugee at age 10 and an immigrant at 12, Lidia Bastianich has always associated food with family and home. A wife, mother and restaurateur by age 24, Lidia's passion for bringing the taste of Italy to the American table has made her a favorite among PBS viewers, home chefs and foodies.

Food & Drink
12:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

The Best Burgers in Town

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Join the conversation with Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics as we discuss great places to dine around town. Plus, in the second half of the hour, critics and callers gab about their favorite places to grab a burger around town.

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Food Deserts
11:22 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Planting New Grocery Stores In Rural Food Deserts

Onaga Country Market Store Manager Jane McClain gets ready for the store's opening in December. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

Onaga, KS – Last December, the only grocery store in Onaga burned down. Onaga is a town of about 700 in northeast Kansas, surrounded by cattle ranches, corn and wheat farms. But suddenly, there was no place to buy groceries for 25 miles in any direction.

People in town found their routines changed dramatically. Althea Sender, for example, is 86 years old, lives alone and doesn't drive long distances.

"You're baking - you know - or fixing something and you need something. Well, you can't just run down to the store and get it," Sender says.

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Food Deserts
9:54 am
Mon November 21, 2011

K-State Program Supports Rural Groceries

Manhattan, Ks. – According to a survey done by Kansas State University, one third of all small-town stores closed just in the past three years. It's partly because rural populations are dwindling and mom and pop markets aren't able to compete with large chains.

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Walt Bodine Show
12:00 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Food Critics: Table for One

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When was the last time you sat down at a restaurant for a nice meal... alone? Join co-host Charles Ferruzza, of The Pitch and Fat City Blog, Chris BecickaIngram's MagazineGloria Gale435 South Magazine, and Emily Farris, food writer.

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Walt Bodine Show
12:00 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Food Critics: Hotel Dining, Past & Present

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When was the last time you headed to a hotel just to enjoy a great meal? Join Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics, Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine and Emily Farris of Casserole Crazy, as they stop in to discuss the evolution of hotel dining in the Kansas City area.

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Walt Bodine Show
12:00 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Food Critics: Eating Well While Eating Out

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Eating out is often an indulgence... but when we stretch our budgets, must we also stretch our waistlines? Join the conversation with Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza, Chris Becicka of of Ingram's Magazine, Gloria Gale of 435 South, and Mary Bloch, of Around the Block, as we discuss making healthy choices without compromising the pleasure of eating out.

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Walt Bodine Show
12:00 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

Food Critics: Desperation Foods

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What's the last thing you ate during your lowest moment? At an airport? A food court? What about that time you woke up hungry at 3am with only expired eggs in the fridge? Join Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza, and the Food Critics Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine and Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine  for a look at what we eat when we're feeling desperate.

Walt Bodine Show
12:00 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Food Critics: Too Darn Hot

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Join Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics, Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine, Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine, and Mary Bloch, of Around the Block, as they stop in to share some meal ideas for those days when it's just too darn hot to eat... not that we've ever experienced that.

Walt Bodine Show
12:00 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Food Critics: Too Darn Hot

roboppy Flickr

Join Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics, Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine, Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine, and Mary Bloch, of Around the Block, as they stop in to share some meal ideas for those days when it's just too darn hot to eat... not that we've ever experienced that.

New Grocery Stores
11:58 am
Mon July 18, 2011

The Story Behind The Two Buck Chuck

Two Trader Joe's fans at the store opening on Ward Parkway early Friday morning sport Hawaiian shirts and corks from the store's wine bottles. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.
Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Many bargain-hunting foodies in Kansas City are rejoicing this weekend. The grocery store chain Trader Joe's has finally opened its doors in two locations: Ward Parkway Mall and on 119th Street in Leawood. For ten years, local customers have been begging the company to open a store here.

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Walt Bodine Show
12:00 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Food Critics: Drive-Ins and Food Trucks

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When was the last time you visited an old fashioned drive-in? Or walked over for a late night snack from one of KC's great food trucks? Our hosts today are Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza, Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine, Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine, and Mary Block of Around the Block. Join the conversation about the fun summer tradition of eating on the go.

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